Your letters: Zombies, masks, and a house divided

Mask requirements like zombies? – Although not a big fan of horror films, I have watched some zombie movies.  From that limited survey, my understanding is that a zombie is a person who dies and gets buried… and then wakes up and climbs out of their grave and roams around wreaking havoc and sometimes chasing you with remarkable speed even if they are already partially decomposed.  

They are persistent. It is very difficult to get them to nicely go be dead in their grave again.

Are mask requirements going to be like zombies? Right now, they are on the wane, but might they just wake up again?  As far as I know, no one who has ended their mask requirement has told us to get rid of our masks because we will never, ever be required to wear them again.

This relatively calm and fear-free moment is the perfect time to educate ourselves about masks’ benefits and risks, and about our rights with regard to them.  There is no immediate crisis, so we can be maximally clear-headed, taking the time to do our research thoroughly.  

“Be prepared” is a good motto.  It behooves us to equip ourselves with a full understanding of the risks and benefits of masks now, just in case mask requirements do indeed climb out of their grave.  

The upcoming Vermont Emergency Forum to Assess the Respiratory Hazards of Masks, on May 12 in Burlington, will provide an opportunity to learn from two OSHA-certified health and safety experts, a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology who will explain the importance of respiration for the various systems of the body, and an expert on the topic of masking children in schools.  

It is a violation of internationally agreed-upon bioethics and human rights to require someone to wear a mask if you do not tell them both the benefits and the risks involved.  In 2005, all 193 member states of the United Nations, including the U.S., adopted the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights says, “ Any preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic medical intervention is only to be carried out with the prior, free and informed consent of the person concerned, based on adequate information.  The consent should, where appropriate, be express and may be withdrawn by the person concerned at any time and for any reason without disadvantage or prejudice.”  

Masks are “preventive” medical interventions. Did anyone requiring you to wear a mask provide you with “adequate information” on both the benefits and risks, so that you could choose for yourself whether to take those risks? Were you encouraged to give your “free and informed consent” to wearing a mask? Were you informed that you could withdraw your consent to wear it at any time and for any reason without disadvantage or prejudice?  None of us were.

And there’s the law. Masks are Emergency Use Authorized products. That means they are covered by U.S. Code Title 21 Section 360bbb-3 “Authorization for medical products for use in emergencies”, which says “…that individuals to whom the product is administered are informed… of the significant known and potential benefits and risks of such use, and of the extent to which such benefits and risks are unknown… and of the option to accept or refuse administration of the product, of the consequences, if any, of refusing administration of the product, and of the alternatives to the product that are available and of their benefits and risks.” 

The relevant paragraph is on the second page (294), right side, about halfway down under “(e) Conditions of authorization (1) Unapproved product (A) Required conditions”. Point(ii)(II) is the one about informing people about risks as well as benefits, and (ii)(III) is crucial since it says that they have the option to accept or refuse the product.

Learn the risks to you and your loved ones— especially children— involved in wearing a mask.  The Vermont Mask Survey is a good place to start http://www.vtmasksurvey.com as is the event mentioned above.  Be prepared to stand up for your human rights and for the ethical standards that our world community adopted in 2005.  Know the law.  Just in case mask requirements do turn out to be zombies. – Karen Bufka, St. Johnsbury

House divided? – President Obama prophesied that he would fundamentally change our country and when elected that became the rallying cry for progressive Democrats.  His legislative agenda focused on climate change, more government, increased entitlements and regulations and less defense spending. Progressives also influenced higher education by empowering students to challenge authority and in grade schools student restorative meetings confronted, criticized and insulted teachers without retribution.

The recent election in Chicago was a further indication of how Democrat policy has evolved. Voters selected a progressive over a moderate Democrat. The moderate promised to fight crime; the progressive favored defunding the police, increasing social workers to fight crime, increasing taxes, doing away with homework, and promoting social promotion even if students can’t read or add. 

Voters are rebelling by voting with their feet. People are fleeing Democrat run (blue) cities/states and migrating to Republican governed (red) states. Parents are taking charge of kids’ education by challenging school boards and promoting school choice and home schooling. In recent state elections new voters in red states supported conservative politicians who were focused on law and order, parental rights, quality education, lower taxes and not influenced by the Democrat/progressive woke, climate change, trans, equity, diversity, and inclusion agenda.

The policy division between red and blue states is severe.  President Lincoln said that a “House divided against itself cannot stand.” Succession resulted in that division 163 years ago. Will leadership emerge to prevent that from happening again? – Frank Mazur, South Burlington

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  1. Choice? What choice? My wife and I still cannot get into a doctor, Had her doctor “cancel” her for not wearing a mask to get into office, nor get rides from the NEMT company that services this area.
    We have had appointments canceled and were told to just DIE by many over us never wearing a mask and not getting any shots. I still have the letter from 2020 that states that the GUBMENT knew what was best, wear a mask or no doctor appointment because you will not comply. Wonder when we can sue those that did the work of the GUBMENT (or thru) denying us our rights because they said so.

    Yes that is the excuse, we were told to discriminate against you by the state, I still have the letter, over a mask. There was and is no science, no people dropping dead over not wearing a mask.

    In fact most died from after the shots, excuse me KILL SHOTS were distributed. But no, cannot get teeth fixed, hearing fixed , eye glasses. No, we are non compliant and by God’s good graces we are here and surviving, no thanks to those I am talking about.
    We still get dirty looks from those who have been brainwashed into thinking that masks do anything but show compliance. We are disgusted by watching alleged parents putting those nasty masks on their children. Why? To keep them scared and compliant. Nothing more.
    Do we sound angry? Of course we are. Why? Because we have been telling people, trying to defend our rights, trying to go to court to stop this ( oh can’t get into court without a mask on!!!) and even going OUT OF STATE to get food all over being told BY THE STATE and its actors that “resistance is futile”. We did not comply and we are still here. When the lawsuits start I want us to be at the top of that list. Shame on all of you who did comply and shame on the State of Vermont.

  2. As of April 11, 2023: HHS Office for Civil Rights Announces the Expiration of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency HIPAA Notifications of Enforcement Discretion

    Enforcement Discretion Regarding COVID-19 Community-Based Testing Sites During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency – PDF, effective from March 13, 2020, to 11:59 pm May 11, 2023.

    Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID–19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency – PDF (“Telehealth Notification”), effective from March 17, 2020, to 11:59 pm May 11, 2023.

    Enforcement Discretion Under HIPAA To Allow Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information by Business Associates for Public Health and Health Oversight Activities in Response to COVID-19 – PDF, effective from April 7, 2020, to 11:59 pm May 11, 2023.

    Enforcement Discretion Regarding Online or Web-Based Scheduling Applications for the Scheduling of Individual Appointments for COVID-19 Vaccination During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency – PDF, effective from December 11, 2020, to 11:59 pm May 11, 2023.

    In short, the Federal Government is no longer going to pay to play any business or State agency enforcing their psyop. The costs will be bared by private insurance companies and State goverment healthcare agencies. Any requirements, recommendations, or mandates for testing, masking or taking your temperature is, and always has been pantamomine and ritualistic mind control tactics. Picture seals begging for fish…that is what we have been subjected to since March 2020.

  3. The great Nazi state of Vermont was painfully clear in it’s political intentions. Sheeple lining up outside stores to be allowed in only a few at a time to pick up only “essential items”. So said the great (neocon) Governor Phil Scott whose deliberate misleading of the voting stock got him into office only to proceed to do what HE wanted, not that of we-the-people.
    “Essential items” meant this state dictator knew better than I how to spend my own money as I see fit. The dumbing down of Americans moved full force into the next phase of conditioning…brainwashing…mind control…infantilizing. Of America. Whatever moniker one chose boiled down to the same thing.
    We were to do One. Very. Important. Thing: OBEY.
    OBEY the guard rails outside Walmart in order to enter the store. OBEY the arrows in each aisle as to where one can enter and where one must exit. Accept the newly implemented camera surveillance without a whimper.
    AND WEAR THAT MASK. You know, the useless piece of paper that denies the wearer 20% of their needed oxygen; the one that let in any and all viruses; the one that CAUSED bacterial pneumonia; the one that was determined to be worse than useless in 1917.
    And although scientific evidence clearly demonstrates that being sequestered indoors and wearing face masks helps to promote infection, well, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, ABC CNN contradicted that, because they, after all, are the experts regarding not only health matters, but anything else you can think of.
    I wore no face mask. EVER. I went down any aisle in the way I found most convenient. I looked straight into the eyes of the mask wearers and was stunned to see anger. Even hatred.
    That’s when I realized the brilliance of this very planned, very dishonest “pandemic”. There were no antifa riots, no crowds of ranting feminists in pussy hats, no groups of violent democrat liberals attacking those of a different political bent. There were no school shootings, no terrorist bombings. Rather FEAR OF DEATH, which is, after all, the great equalizer. As long as everyone wore the approved face mask and went down the approved aisle to purchase only approved products, regardless of sex or color or height (you get the picture) no one will get hurt.

    Remember: “We are all in this together.”

    Well riddle me this: how “together” were we when on the way to Walmart I lost count of how many empty stores I passed. How many children did I NOT see outside. How many cars were NOT on the road. How many abandoned homes were NOT occupied. And most notably, how many hospitals appeared eerily haunted for lack of human occupation and activity.

    But then we-the-people went outside. Without. Getting. Sick. This, of course could not be tolerated. AND THE RIOTING COMMENCED.
    And the most important question of all: Had all this been done to teach we-the-people our “place”? To show who is really BOSS? Who did we think we were ???

    And there’s still a question as to MASKS????

  4. I’ll preface this by saying I knew fauxvid was BS within 10-14 days of the actions taken. Points ignored because of, you know, science:

    1. UV light kills viruses. Always has, always will. Being outside shouldn’t scare anyone.
    2. Everything in creation trends from highly ordered at first to much less so as time goes on. Therefore, the endless fauxvid “mutations”, even if they did exist, would be less damaging.
    3. Why change the definition of “vaccine”? The clot shot is anything but a vaccine. It’s more rightly called an experimental bio-weapon.
    4. If it’s “my body, my choice”, where were those voices when it mattered?
    5. “Mandates” and “Executive orders” are not law, and thus should never be obeyed.
    6. The Constitution. It says I’m entitled to “life liberty, and pursuit of happiness”. Nowhere do I read “unless there’s a scamdemic”.

    And finally, the clot shot killed my sister. She developed myocarditis within 2-3 weeks of getting her shot.

    I’m proud that I stood up and never wore a feed bag, er, mask, ever. How many of you can say hat? It’s amazing how many go along to get along. All the while, chipping away at all of our Constitutional Rights. Stand up or shut up, I say. Oh, places tried. I simply told them if they had a problem, call the police. None did.

    I’ll add one more thing. Yes, organizations unfortunately have the right to force employees to do various things which the employees otherwise wouldn’t consider. doing. But that applies to employees only, not patrons of said organization. They don’t control either you or me, so we’re not beholden to their political correctness.

    • “4. If it’s “my body, my choice”, where were those voices when it mattered?”
      “Unless the state has a vested interest” is how that new law is written (the new abortion law). Medical tyranny. You really thought that bill was about abortion even though abortion was never mentioned. Now you know why. I tried to warn people, nobody listens.

    • My condolences for the loss of your sister. The day of retribution and consequence will come upon all those involved. I suspect China will drop the dimes on the USA – particularly the Department of Defense and NIHS. Sworn testimony all ready known the shot was developed under contract with the DOD. The Truth about gain of function is known. We also know there is no host identified. There is no source identified. The virus was man-made, not organic. The virus that no entity can identify, has no evidence of it’s true origin, no evidence it even exists. The lawsuits filed are being settled without evidence presented what the virus is or even exists. It is an evil, nefarious cover up and pay to play scheme at the expense of countless lives. Lies that fooled many to give up our liberties and God given rights. Above all, no employer has the right to force an employee to play Russian roullette with their health. Never again. Citizens were used as human lab rats and that alone deserves penalties of the highest degree for every person involved. No quarter given and ignorance is not a defense.

  5. @Robin Banks: Very sorry for your loss, truly.
    I must contest one thing you wrote: If the sheeple acted like people and united (like the NY nurses finally did) “they” wouldn’t have had the leverage to force anyone to put on that mask.

  6. While the rest of the world is saying “Enough is enough”, Vermont, the good Nazi state that it is, is doubling down. TRIPLING down!

    Hmmm, the voice in my head whispered, Is this gonna be just in time for yet another “election” cycle?
    You know, wear your MASK, stay SIX FEET APART, you can vote in person by simply showing up and dropping off your unasked for mailed-to-you ballot.

    But wait! There’s MORE!

    If you still feel compelled to actually fill out your ballot live and in person, you can always go up north and do it. We just won’t tell you THAT is illegal!!!